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leader for a new era. china's next president takes center stage. xi jinping wil preside over a fifth of the world's population. >> friends of the media, china at needs to know more about the world, and the world needs to understand better about china. >> we talk to china's richest man who rose from poverty to the top of the billionaire's elite table. now he is warning about inequality. >> this wealth that has become a huge problem. >> today's other headlines. violence escalated in gaza after hamas rockets killed israelis across the border. egypt warns the situation could escalate out of control. hello and welcome to gmt. it is 7:00 in the morning in new york and 8:00 in the evening here in beijing, where xi jinping has finally been confirmed as the country's next president. he will face a test like no other chinese leader before, having to preside over a party with major changes unleashed by market reforms. he says the party has to be more in touch with the people. >> after a mysterious, a secretive process, china has chosen its new leaders. the new party general secretary as expecte
people on his shoulders. xi jinping has taken charge of china, an economic superpower that has reaped the rewards of growth but is now dealing with the drawbacks. xi is part of the communist party's next generation of leaders who came to power after a week of meetings and negotiations. he's taking over as the country's general secretary and top military commander. nhk world's james tengan watched this political transition unfold in beijing. >> reporter: the communist party unveiled its new leadership a day after its week-long congress wrapped up. after many months of speculation, we found out who is taking charge in less than a minute. now the future of the world's most populous nation is in the hands of seven men. xi and six other senior officials appeared before the media inside the great hall of the people in beijing. >> translator: our responsibility is to rally and lead the party and chinese people of all ethnic groups. we take up the historical baton from the older generation. >> reporter: china's new leader vowed to take action on issues such as jobs, social security, and corru
people on his shoulders. xi jinping is now in charge of china, an economic superpower that has enjoyed the upside of growth and is now coming to terms with the down side. xi is part of the communist party's next generation of leaders who came to power after a week of meetings and negotiations. he's taking over as the country's general secretary and top military commander. nhk world's james tengan watched this political transition unfold in beijing. he joins us now. jam james. >> reporter: the communist party unveiled its new leadership a day after its long, week-long congress wrapped up. after many months of speculation, we found out who is taking charge in less than a minute. now the future of the world's most populous nation is in the hands of seven men. [ applause ] xi and six other senior officials appeared before the media inside the great hall of the people in beijing. >> translator: our responsibility is to rally and lead the party and chinese people of all ethnic groups. we take up the historical baton from the older generation. >> reporter: china's new leader vowed to take act
generation of leaders. we've heard their names before, xi jinpi xi jinping. we heard their names before and will be hearing them for years to come. they will be chosen for top party posts next week and unveiled to the world. analysts say xi will become president taking over for president hu jintao. >> chinese president xi jinping is 59 years old. communist party leaders named him vice chairman of the central commission in 2010. xi's taken an act i havi role in diploma city as well as domestic affairs. >> xi jinping's pather was a vice premier, so she became part of china's informal network. princelings gain power by taking advantage of their parents and status and ties to influential fingers. but xi didn't have it easy. authorities ousted his father and jailed him during the cultural revolution. xi was forced to work in the countryside as a teenager. he went to a prestigious university in beijing from 1975 to 1979. and then he spent the next quarter essentially holding down key positions in the communist party and the government in shanghai. xi gained domestic and international prominen
, xi jinping and li keqiang. and we'll be hearing them for years to come. they'll be chosen for top communist party posts next week and unveiled to the world. analysts say xi will become general secretary, taking over for president hu jintao. chinese vice president xi jinping is 59 years old. communist party leaders named xi vice chairman of the central commission in 2010. xi's taken an active role in diploma city as well as domestic affairs. >> xi jinping's pather was a vice premier, so xi became part of china's informal princeling network. princelings gain power by taking advantage of their parents and status and ties to influential fingers. but xi didn't have it easy. authorities ousted his father and jailed him during the cultural revolution. xi was forced to work in the countryside as a teenager. he went to a prestigious university in beijing from 1975 to 1979. and then he spent the next quarter century holding down key positions in the communist party and the government in shanghai and two other provinces. xi gained domestic and international prominence in 2007. he skipped the
unveiled its new leader to the world. the current vice-president, xi jinping, will take the helm of the communist party for the next 10 years. he succeeds hu jintao. from beijing, the report. >> welcome to the dawn of a new chinese era. the xi jinping era. a new leader and a new team in charge. these seven men are now going to roll over one-fifth of humidity -- humanity. we do not know very much about them. what they will do for china's future. the communist party's new general secretary, more confident, more relaxed. >> the problems among our party members, corruption, taking bribes, being out of touch with the people. it must be addressed with great effort. >> xi will have to share power with the other six men. the major reforms seem unlikely. on the left, xi has been groomed for power. his father helped lead comment -- china's communist revolution. >> he is not going to be a diet -- the dominant leader. he is going to have to create a consensus in a leading body. that will not be easy to do. >> many believed china needs a change, urgent. economic growth is slowing and people's
jinping will have to acts themselves how they expect the relationship to of golf. >> with social media websites going in and out of fashion, we asked the founder of tumblr makes this different. >> it is a delightful surprise when you bumped to a stranger who cares about the same stuff that you do. >> the leadership of the world's second-largest economy is being replaced according to plan. the incoming president will come under increasing internal and external pressure. as hu jintao hangs over to -- hands over to xi jinping, demand for social change, health care, pensions grow louder. hu jintao has said there will be no western-style democracy but how much will the media fuel the continued protests? ♪ ♪ >> there is theater, spectacle, but no drama. embolization is not encourage, nor indeed expression. -- improvisation is not encouraged. nor indeed, going against. the script at the party congress is simple, the handover of leadership from one generation to the next. the outgoing man, hu jintao, leaving them with a stark warning. >> combating corruption and promoting political integri
china's next generation of leaders. vice president xi jinping is expected to become the party's general secretary. vice premier li keqiang is also expected to remain in the inner circle. really it's just a waiting game here in beijing. everyone is watching to see how the pieces of chine's leadership puzzle will fall into place and who will secure a spot at the top in the politburo standing committee. the politburo standing committee is the communist party's top leadership. experts say it adopts key policy with a majority vote. right now nine of the party's more than 80 million members are in the bureau. that means the fate of a country with a population of 1.3 billion is in the hands of a small group of people. here's how the process will unfold. delegates to the national congress will select about 200 members to be on the central committee. those individuals then meet the day after the congress closes. they choose china's new leadership, the members of the politburo standing committee. now within that group, there's a pecking order. president hu jintao currently sits at the top of the
: once every ten years china changes its government, they do it the party congress in beijing, xi jinping was named president and chairman he succeeds huh engine too and chose six people who will run china, the six members of the standing committee of the politburo, many questions about china and the new leadership one is about the growth of the economy and others is about the tension in the country between urban and rural, conservative and liberal, many are concerned about the demographics of china, others are worried about the conflict with japan and always there is a question of the relationship between china and the united states. we talk about all of those questions this evening with ian bremmer, he is the president and founder of the eurasia group from washington, richard mcgregor of the financial times, the author of the party and jim fallows of the atlantic, his book china airborne came out earlier this year, i am pleased to have each of them on this program. richard mcgregor tell me, where does china go from here? and what are the questions we should be asking about the new lead
'll be live in beijing with updates throughout the show as xi jinping it takes over as the head of the communist party. we'll be in frankfurt for a look at how that economy has been affected. gdp showing a slowdown for germany in the third quarter. and we'll hear from the former head of the council of economic advisers austan goolsbee on how the u.s. can avoid falling off the fiscal cliff. plus we'll take you live to tokyo with japan hit by election fever. the yen is falling as a repeated call for bold monetary easing. and we'll be live in new york 5:45 a.m. for a look at the u.s. retail sector. walmart and target getting set to release third quarter numbers. >>> chig that's ruling com uhe nus party has lifted the curtain. the unveiling seals so s xi jins rise. hu has seeded oig all powers and that's gives china's next leader a strong mandate. eunice has more for us this morning. it sounds like a pretty signature consolidation of power under xi. >> definitely is a consolidation of power. he'll get a very strong mandate as you had mentioned to run this country the way that he wan
you gary. > > there certainly is! china has a new leader, 59-year old xi jinping. he's travelled widely in the west, organized the beijing olympics and has a daughter attending harvard. for the next ten years, he will head up a ruling elite of seven men and oversee economic change in the world's most populous nation. to many, xi jinping's life of contradiction may be to the west's advantage. head of china's ruling communist party and married to a pop-star, his teenage years were spent working the fields in one of china's poorest areas. his daughter now attends harvard. as an adult, he's seen a lot outside china. "he lived in the u.s. and learned american business. was it a favorable experience? yes." at this chicago business conference promoting trade between the u.s. and china, participants knew well how xi jinping worked his way up the party ladder - that, officially, he'll be in charge of the military, but his experience is in politics - governorships and party chief in shanghai who will likely fight corruption that has scandalized china's leadership lately. "i think he's more
. the new secretary-general of the marty, x jinping, struck a surisingly relaxed tone, his words translated. >> ladies and gentlemen, friends good morning. sorry to have kept you waiting. >> reporter: amongst the platitudes, a frank acknowledgment of why so many chinese are fed up with the communist party. >> ( translated ): in the new environment, our party faces many severe challenges and there are many pressing problems within the party that need to be resolved. the problems among the party members and card res of corruption taking bribes, being out of touch with the people, undue emphasis on formalities and bureaucracy must be addressed with great effort:. >> ( translated ): -- >> reporter: we know only a little about xi. he's the son of a communist party hero. his daughter is at harvard and his wife is a famous singer. she holds a rank in the people's liberation army equivalent to major general but has disappeared from view since her husband was picked for the top. the other five on stage today are a conservative lot, reformers lost out in this reshuffle. this man studied economics in
wednesday. and vice president xi jinping is set to take over. china transformed into a global power during president hu's ten years at the top. it was the world's sixth largest economy. and now it's the second largest. and yet, while this nation's ranks of billionaires and millionaires have ballooned, millions still live on about a dollar a day. we asked nhk world's itch taca yamaka to take a look at president hu's accomplishments and the challenges facing the next generation. >> reporter: china has faced many domestic and diplomatic challenges over the past decade under president hu jintao's leadership. >> reporter: hu promoted what he called the concept of scientific development. the policy aims to create a harmon society, even if the process required slower growth. the hu administration abolished a two-year-old tax farmers had to pay based on the size of harvests. it was part of the president's effort to narrow the economic gap between urban and rural areas. hu also worked toward a sweeping consolidation of coal mines and chemical plants, which resulted in a reduction in pollution. but
. communist leaders sent out signals for months that vice xi jinping will take over as the party's general secretary. the central committee will select the standing committee, the apex of power in china. nine people currently sit on the board. that could be reduced to seven. of the current members only xi and vice premiere lu are expected to remain. some insist he will retire to give the new leader greater influence over the military and a firmer grip on power. many in and outside china are curious about who will fill all of these leadership roles. a human rights campaigner says the only way the country can move forward is to move towards democracy. nhk world has the story. >> this is one of the democracy activists being watched closely by the chinese government. he has been embargoed in environmental issues and campaigned for the rights of hiv patients. in 2007 was arrested after he the government on the internet. he was charged. in 2008 he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. he finally returned to his home in beijing in june last year. >> translator: the communist party do
, pin, monday's sessions unveiled its new leadership headed by xi jinping. has there been any indication of a change of policy going forward? >> china's new officials are moved to be sworn in next month, so china is now in a transition period. as much as possible it wants to avoid trouble with its neighbor. there were signs of that during monday's meeting. for now, they seem to be sticking to the existing diplomatic policies of outgoing president hu jintao. but it gives the new generation time to strengthen its support base. >> now, as we saw in the previous reports, china's influence in southeast asia continues to spread. how will asean deal with china in the future? >> the host nation, cambodia, has taken out the sensitivity to china that contrasts with the philippines and vietnam, which held e specific territorial dils pults. asean has a goal of creating a market of more than 500 million people among its ten members. that would make them a powerful player in the global economy. to get there, asean needs to remain united. another question is asean's relationship with the u.s. the obama
when the congress ends next wednesday, and vice president xi jinping is set to take over. and joining us now is michitaka. you were with me in the great haf hall of the people as president hu was giving his final speech as communist party general secretary. what do you make of his words? >> the most notable part of the speech was when president hu spoke about the concept he supported. he wants to make a scientific argument of development, one of the communist party's guiding principles. it calls for review of the party's economic policy and aims to incorporate sustainable development, which takes into account social welfare and environment, making this concept a guiding principle would be part of hu's legacy. it would give him the same status as leaders past, inclu including dan xioping, and it would help him maintain influence within the party after he steps down. he also admitted during his speech china's gap is wide and widening, and he said the communist party would continue its effort to fight corruption. >> translator: all those who violate party discipline and state laws, whoev
. analysts say xi jinping will replay hu jintao in the job of general secretary. they also say the number of politburo standing committee members will be reduce prd the current nine to seven to speed up the decision-making process. if that forecast is correct, seven people will essentially run a nation of 1.3 billion. it's how china's one-party system has functioned for years. but democracy activists consider that system dysfunctional, and they say the communist party under hu jintao has continued to stomp ons. chen gaung chong would agree with that assessment. he became the face of activists in china. he is a lawyer who campaigned against forced abortions but endured abuse by local security officials. he escaped house arrest and took refuge in the u.s. embassy. after tense diplomatic negotiations officials permitted him to travel to new york with his family on a student visa. chen is just one of many activists who put it all on the line to go toe to toe with the chinese government. we met another human rights campaigner who says the only way for china to move forward is to move toward de
! >> pelley: china's communist party introduced its new leadership. xi jinping was introduced as head of the party which will make him president. xi's family has become extremely wealthy but bill whitaker tells us it wasn't always that way. >> reporter: 59-year-old xi jinping will lead the most populist country on earth, but his political life began in a smaller place, a village of 800 in shaanxi province. even today, the slapped hard, making a living is harder. in 1969, during the violent upheaval of the cultural revolution, elites were attacked. xi's farther was kenounced and imprisoned. xi was exiled to this remote village. for seven years she worked in the fields during the day and at night came home to a cave dwelling much like, this one room carved into a hillside. they're all over these mountains. the local locals will say here he learned to eat bitterness. it's a chinese saying that means he learned to endure hardship. we say a cave like this because villagers refused to let us see xi's cave. the police copied our passports. men followed us. the current occupant closed the gat
with xi jinping succeeding hu jintao as the leader of the world's most populous nation. xi was tapped to succeed hu some five years ago as part of the orderly transition plan that's the hallmark of chinese politics. different in both experience and character, xi is the son of one of communist china's founding fathers and was an exchange student in iowa in the 1980s. with us today is peter mattis one of the brightest of a new generation of china analysts. now with the jamestown stown foundation where he's the editor of the "china brief." welcome to the program. >> thank you for having me vago. >> what do we know about xi that tells you how he's going to govern differently from hu? >> i think one of the most important things about xi is that he is first and foremost, a nationalist. he's someone who believes in china. he's grown up in china that is reform and opening up. he entered government in the late 1970s right after jinping inaugurated the new set roll policies and he is really the cream of a set of officials that have come up through the entire period in china. as far as how he's
otherwise jinping surrounded by retired bosses. by stepping down, that important position, really consolidates the relationship between the party, the army and the state. so it's a great contribution. now, i also should say that some of the elections, particularly the three things, the norms, is not new. it's not about china 20 years ago. [inaudible] difference largest increase one or 2%. you know, election, eliminate the number. 25 years, only 1%. that's the progress. so in a way it is embarrassing. now, this is the top seven. the lucky seven. several things. one is the age. five years ago xi jinping was younger member of standing committee. five years later they are still youngest. so this means that in five years they would be a major change. so that will start immediately after the party congress, five years, not as long. secondly this is their position to all of these positions are very much already confirmed except it is unclear whether he will continue as vice president of prc. because wrote in beijing said would not make it to standing committee will be vice president of p
in power, the man expected to succeed him, x jinping, took notes. he'll inherit a party which know it is people are any about the growing gap between rich and poor and corruption amongst the elite. >> ( translated ): opposing corruption and building an honest and clean government is a clear stance the party has been adhering to and is an important political issue people have been paying attention to. if we fail to handle this issue well, it could prove fatal to the party and even cause its collapse and the fall of the states. >> reporter: strong words, but they've been said before and the families of some current politburo members are suspiciously wealthy. the delegates, who come from all over china, poured out into the sunshine. they know their lines. >> ( translated ): i'm proud of the communist party. it created miracles in history. it's found a path that leads to the rise of the chinese nation. >> reporter: in the southern city exercises take place under the gaze of deng xiaoping, the leader who opened up 30 years ago. since then, chinese people's lives have been transformed. b
next week, vice president xi jinping will be chine's new president. his job for the next decade? to keep this powerhouse economy growing and the communist party in power. i was last on assignment in china almost 20 years ago. a lot has changed in that time. i certainly have. who would have thought that a nation of more than a billion people, the most populous in the world... china has changed tremendously. back then, beijing was low rise with bicycles. beijing now is one big traffic jam with high rises to the horizon, designer shops seem to be on every corner. people here joke the crane is china's national bird. despite all these changes, actually because of them, the big story remains the same-- china's tremendous economic growth. the challenge for china's new leaders, to sustain growth in the face of staggering problems, rampant political corruption, a widening gap between rich and poor, choking pollution, and a populous increasingly discontent about it all. >> they've got so many problems and economy is slowing down, the current economic mod cell running out of steam. they've
and appear before the media. vice president xi jinping will likely be at the front of the line. he's expected to succeed president hu jintao as the party's general secretary. the party wrapped up its week-long national congress wednesday. the meeting is held every five years. delegates elected new members for the central committee. those members will meet thursday to choose the lineup for the party's political bureau and the core group of leaders who sit on the elite politburo committee. president hu, premier wen jiabao, and five members will retire. vice president show gin being and others are expected to remain and be joined by a new generation of leaders. analysts say xi will take over from hu as the president's general pear. president hu has held the position for tennessee years. >> translator: all party members should unite under the party leadership and with chinese character hold high the great banner of socialism. >> sources close to the party say the number of standing committee members will be reduced from the current nine to seven. analysts say xi and li could be joined by the vic
the american voters. we need to go after 100% of the vote, not 53%." >>> well, as expected, xi jinping is the new leader of china after being named general secretary of the communist party, as the country faces a slowing economy and demand for change. >>> next to colorado, where a hearing today for james holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens more in a movie theater, has been delayed because he was hospitalized. holmes reportedly ran into a jail cell wall and jumped off his bed, but there are no details about his condition. >>> well, fiscal cliff fears hit wall street wednesday. but today, bad news could come from overseas. the 17 countries that make up the eurozone are back in recession after its economy contracted for a second straight quarter. the wider eu, however, avoided the same fate, thanks mostly to last summer's olympics boost. >>> back on the street yesterday, selling picked up during president obama's media briefing about those upcoming tax cut negotiations. and today, we'll see the impact the fed has. chief ben bernanke speaks this afternoon. >>>
bribes totaling more than $3.5 billion. the communist party's new leader xi jinping warned about the risks of corruption. if the problem grows worse, it will lead to the ruin of the party and the country, he said. he urged senior officials to follow anti-corruption regulations. he asked them to prevent associates from abusing their influence. >>> hong kong medias say anger over police corruption triggered a riot in mainland china. people clashed with prison on saturday. media outlets say the trouble began with a traffic accident. they say an unlicensed driver drove a car into several vehicles. no one died, but five people were reported injured. the associated press quoted one resident who said people game upset when police and paramedics took nearly an hour to arrive. drivers involved in the accident and bystanders fought with police. they overturned three police vehicles. authorities brought the situation under control by the end of the day. >>> south korea's largest opposition party and politician are still working to pick a candidate for the country's presidential election nex
news agency says li conveyed a message from xi jinping, who succeeded hu jintao as general secretary of the communist party. li referred to the long-range missile preparations saying china and other countries are concerned. he also stressed that china is working to promote peace and stability in the region. the north korean leader was quoted as saying he's eager to develop relations with china's new leadership. >>> police in myanmar have used force to break up a protest against a copper mine with links to china. patchari raksawong in bangkok has the story. >>> at least 70 people were injured when police broke up the demonstration. the protesters say the copper mine is damaging the environment. myanmar's decision to use force is likely to cause alarm among western nations who have praised its democratic reforms. and so why did the government pretsz ahead with the crackdown? well, nhk world's jun kobayashi reports from yangon. >> reporter: the crowd included local buddhist monks. the demonstrators demanded a halt to mining operations in central myanmar. local officials say at least 70
will give up their long standing party post making the way for xi jinping. joining me now is gordon. great to see you. >> thank you. >> let's talk about the transfer of power. a week long meeting that results in naming china's top leader and a new generation of party leaders, specifically how does this take place? >> well, what we're going to see on thursday, which is the day after the 18th party congress adjourns is the communist party will unveil its new general secretary, presumably, x xi jinping and we'll look to see if the current leader gives up his post. if he doesn't, there will be trouble because there will be two suns in sky, two leaders, and it's worse than that because who jintao's leader is still very influential. >> jinping, let talk about him and how much we know or don't know. he was born into the ruling of elite. his right to power facilitated around not saying much. what do we know about him? >> that's true for most chinese leaders because they, they're not allowed to have an original thought. they're not allowed to have a personality. they're in this collective, consensu
to you. >> reporter: good morning. 59-year-old xi jinping is an engineer said to be affable and confident. he'll need all those skills and more to lead the world's second largest economy and most populous country through perilous times. [ applause ] xi jinping stepped onstage at the great hall of the people and onto the world stage. his job is daunting, to keep this economic powerhouse growing and the communist party in power. xi inherits an economy that is slowing, while citizen discontent is growing over pollution, corruption and the yawning gap between rich and poor. whether xi deals with these challenges through reform or repression is the big, unanswered question. since the time of mao, the communist party has cloaked the personal lives of china's leaders under a veil of mystery, but as we face more open times, we've been able to learn little bit more about the life of xi jinping. he has a daughter at harvard and a famous wife. pong li wan is a member of the liberation army and popular folk singer. china's new leader has an elite pedigree, known here as a communist party princeling.
-old xi jinping is an engineer. he seems confident. he will need all his skills to lead the world's largest economy and most populace country through pearlous times. xi jinping stepped on to the world stage. his job is daungt to keep this economic powerhouse growing and the communist party in power. he inherits an economy that's slowing while citizen discontent is growing over pollution, corruption and the gap between rich and poor. whether he deals with these challenges through reform or repression is the big unanswered question. since the time of mao the communist party has cloaked the personal lives of chinese leaders under a veil of mystery. but in these more open times we've been able to learn more about the life of xi jinping. he has a daughter at harvard. and a famous wife. she's a member of the people's liberation army and a popular folk singer. china's new leader has an elite pedigree known here as a communist party princeling. his father fought with mao, became vice premier. but during the chaotic cultural revolution in the '60s and '70s, his father and he himself were l
's election in the united states. we now know the identity of china's new president, xi jinping. he faces some major challenges. china's growth is slogan it needs a new kind of economic development. its political system needs to be reformed. at the very least tackling corruption but probably more radical changes are needed. finally xi jinping will have to find a way for china's rise to take place without unsettling its neighbors and maintaining a cooperative relationship at the same time with the united states. all this makes president obama's job seem a lot easier by comparison. for more on this go to cnn.com/fareed for a link to my "time" magazine column. >>> up next, an interview with bill gates on the economy, on education, on politics. right back. to power our lives. while energy development comes with some risk, north america's natural gas producers are committed to safely and responsibly providing generations of cleaner-burning energy for our country, drilling thousands of et below fresh water sources within self-contained well systems. and, using state-of-the-art monitoring technologie
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